Grants and Honors

November 3, 2013 | CUNY Matters, The University

Recognizing Faculty Achievement

The University’s renowned faculty members continually win professional-achievement awards from prestigious organizations as well as research grants from government agencies, farsighted foundations and leading corporations. Pictured are just a few of the recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue inside.

Sunil Gupta of Borough of Manhattan Community College has been awarded two grants: $3,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration (ETA) for the “Health Information Pathway Initiative,” and a two-year grant, totaling $860,342, from the New York City Department of Small Business Services to provide computer repair and networking training. Paul Forlano
of Brooklyn College has been awarded a $150,720 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study concerning “Steroid-
Catecholamine-Brain Interactions in Auditory-Driven Social Behavior.” Robert Peichota of New York City College of Technology has received $126,420 from RFSUNY for the “New York State Small Business Development Center.”

Bronx Community College has been awarded a $1,381,935 grant from the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization for a training program under the direction of Wendell Joyner. The N.Y. State Education Department has awarded $369,575 to Millicent Roth for the “City College Program for Professional Preparation.” The New York City Council has extended $250,000 in grant support to Jeffrey Butts of John Jay College for “Implementation and Outcome Assessment of the New York City Anti-Gun Violence Initiative.” Marie Mandera of Kingsborough Community College has received a $191,630 grant from the New York City Human Resources Administration for the “2014 COPE Budget.” “New Perspectives on Wave Propagation in Random Media,” a project directed by Azriel Genack of Queens College, has received $100,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation.

Philip Yanos of John Jay College has received $650,773 in grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for “Randomized Controlled Trial Treatment for Internalized Stigma in Schizophrenia.” Queens College has been awarded a $227,617 grant from the National Science Foundation/Mississippi State University for “CAREER: Explanation, Decision Making, and Learning in Graphical Models,” a project directed by Changhe Yuan. Brooklyn College has received $140,000 from the National Science Foundation for “Formation and Properties of a New Radical Cofactor in Catalase-Peroxidase (KatG),” directed by Richard Magliozzo. The Robin Hood Foundation has awarded $120,270 to Michael Hutmaker and Deborah Harte of Borough of Manhattan Community College for “Single Stop Services.”

City College President Lisa S. Coico was named an Outstanding Educator of the Year by Education Update for leading a resurgence in academic excellence, student engagement and faculty enhancement. A Brooklyn College graduate, Dr. Coico is the first CUNY alumna to lead CCNY. Michael Ferraro of Lehman College’s art department and Jennifer Poggiali of the library have won a $25,000 IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries and will collaboratively design an animated character (Jasmyn), who will provide innovative Information Literacy instruction, with a characteristically appealing Bronx attitude, to teach students how to do research.

Sebastien Poget of the College of Staten Island has received $210,764 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation for “CAREER: Structural and Mechanistic Analysis of Potassium Channel Modulation by a Novel Activating Snake Toxin.” Brooklyn College has been awarded a $133,051 grant from the National Science Foundation for “CAREER: ILETES: Informal Learning Environments in Teacher Education for STEM,” under the direction of Jennifer Adams.

Cecilia Scott-Croff of Borough of Manhattan Community College has received $324,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Child Care Access (CCAMPIS).” The College of Staten Island has been awarded a $197,776 grant from the New York State Education Department/VTEA for “Perkins Funding for Career and Technical Education,” directed by Fred Naider. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $150,000 in grant support to David Kennedy of John Jay College for a project entitled “A National Strategy to Reduce Violence, Eliminate Drug Markets, and Promote Racial Reconciliation.”

Jeffrey Halperin of Queens College has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health: $559,982 for a project entitled “Neurodevelopmental Perspectives on ADHD”; and $189,106 for “Training Executive, Attention, and Motor Skills (TEAMS): Preliminary Studies.” Peter Lipke of Brooklyn College has won a $342,321 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “A Role for Amyloids in Force-Development Activation of Cell Adhesion.”

Denise Deagan of Borough of Manhattan Community College has received $189,622 in grant support from the New York State Education Department for the “Workforce Investment Act-Civics Education.” The College of Staten Island has been awarded a $117,838 grant, under the direction of Dean Balsamini, from the RF/SUNY/ Small Business Association for the “Staten Island Small Business Development Center.”

Jane Cramer of the Brooklyn College library has received the New York Library Association Government Information Roundtable Mildred Lowe prize for her continuing leadership and professionalism in her field, as well as the positive impact it has had on government information users and service providers. Shazna Nessa, who teaches the five-week Presentation and Design module at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, has been awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for 2013-14. She is one of 12 U.S. journalists and innovators to receive this prestigious honor, joining eight international fellows from such countries as Myanmar, Venezuela, Germany, and China. The Sloan Consortium, the professional online education society, will honor University Director of Academic Technology George Otte and five other 2013 Sloan-C Fellows for their contributions to online learning in Orlando in November.

Glenn Corbett of John Jay College received the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference, the industry’s highest honor. Corbett has testified before the 9/11 Commission, served on the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Construction Safety Team that investigated the World Trade Center disaster and was president of the New Jersey Society of Fire Service Instructors. Claudia Lascar of City College’s Science and Engineering Library was named the Distinguished BioMedical and Life Sciences Librarian of 2013 by the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division of SLA for outstanding service to the profession.

Queens College has received $348,752 from the National Institutes of Health for research concerning “Protein Kinase C Substrates in Human Breast Cancer,” under the direction of Susan Rotenberg. The National Science Foundation has awarded $105,134 to Isabelle Barriere of Brooklyn College for “Collaborative Research: Cross-Linguistic Investigations of the Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement.” The Ford Foundation has awarded Stephen Handelman of John Jay College $140,000 for a “Core Grant.”

Distinguished Professor Cathy Spatz Widom of John Jay College has received the 2013 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Edwin H. Sutherland Award in recognition of her internationally renowned scholarship on child abuse and neglect and its consequences. The Sutherland Award is the ASC’s highest honor, and Dr. Widom is the fifth woman to receive the award since its establishment in 1960.

City College Distinguished Professor Emeritus Sheldon Weinbaum has been elected a 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, making him one of just five living persons with membership in the Academy and the three U.S. National Academies: Academy of Sciences, Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. A pioneer in the field of biomedical engineering, he has made important discoveries at the interface of engineering and biomedical science. Seven Locks, a novel by Christine Wade of the CUNY Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, has been included on the Shortlist of the First Half of 2013 by The Langum Charitable Trust for the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.